Exhibitions & Events

We're furnishing a modern wunderkammer with artistic interpretations of curiosity. We'll also focus on a few offsprings of curiosity, such as exploration, assimilation and the nature of scientific inquiry. Our exhibitions are still in the planning stages, but we’ve started to collect materials and build frameworks. Here are some of our current projects.

Online Gallery:

Chimeras: Spelunking into the Subconscious with Kevin Evans

Somewhere between flora and fauna, deep-sea darkness and blistering daylight roam the creatures of Kevin Evans like alien cave paintings come to slithering life. An artist based in San Francisco, Evans has been exploring the nether realms of his imagination for many years to create intricate and wondrous works for various publications and shows. We have asked him here to share a portrait gallery of his curious aberrations - a series he calls his Chimeras.

Upcoming in Fall 2016:

Navigating the Invisible: Phantom Islands

Join us in our hunt for marine apparitions through history and close to home.


Paper Quilt by Monica Canilao

Paper collage consisting of 14 panels of photos and documents found in abandoned buildings around Detroit.

Friday, August 5, 2016 8:45PM - 10:00PM
Totems Riverfront Arts Festival | Riverfront-Lakewood East Park, Detroit

Islands of the Hollow Earth

If you recently saw a strange, glowing apparition along the Detroit waterfront, chances are you encountered a phantom island. Probably a phantom island conjured by the Seafoam Palace. Blending local history with a dose of intraterrestrial fantasy, our event Islands of the Hollow Earth floated up an eastside canal as part of the Totems Arts Festival on August 5.

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Animated Curiosities Series

The program of short films is curated by award-winning animator Bryan Papciak and includes rarely seen marvels from Eastern Europe, Asia, Detroit … and a magical island. This is a free outdoor screening; feel free to bring a blanket or chair!

Sun, November 6, 2016 3-5PM

Oddity and Fossil Boxes:
Make your own curiosity displays

Seafoam Palace presents a workshop for fossil hunters, botany lovers and collectors of rocks and trinkets. Whether found on your last expedition to Mazaghan or an archaeological dig in your own backyard, your souvenirs and prehistoric evidence can easily be displayed with supplies found around your house. In this two-hour class, you will learn how to arrange, label and create a box for your collection with glass, cardboard, fabric, tape and glue. 

Bring a few rocks and minerals, petrified wood, calcite fossils, bones, feathers or any other small items you'd like to display - we'll supply the box materials and will have some extra curiosities on hand. Use your imagination to label your treasures or come prepared with scientific names that we can type on vintage paper for a historic look. After this class you will walk away with your own box and the skill to make more at home.

Note: This is a repeat of our first workshop held in April - click here for our blog post & photo of the event!

Our workshop is taught by artist Kim Couchot in Jefferson Chalmers, Detroit (exact address TBA). Please pre-register since space is limited.

Suggested donation $10-25 - any amount over $10 will go towards materials for the class

When: Sun, November 6, 2016 3-5PM

Where:(exact location TBD) in Jefferson-Chalmers, Detroit MI

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